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Gertrude Evelyn McLeod

The McLeod Country Golf Club was named after Gertrude Evelyn McLeod (1891 – 1971).

Gertrude was born on June 1st 1891 at Spring Hill in Brisbane.  She was the daughter of Daniel Walker McLeod, a Scottish-born auctioneer, and his wife Sarah Slade. Gertrude was educated at Brisbane High School for Girls. Although she took to golf with enthusiasm, her handicap never fell below sixteen. In October 1934 she was elected president of the Queensland Ladies’ Golf Union. She was responsible for taking the first Queensland women’s team to Sydney in 1938.  In 1962 she bacame an honorary life member of the Australian Red Cross Society.  As president (1949-54) of the Australian Ladies’ Golf Union, McLeod promoted international competitions. (Dame) Joan Hammond gave two concerts in Sydney and two in Melbourne to raise money for the A.L.G.U. to send a team to the 1950 British Ladies’ Open Championship. Before that year Australian women had entered the Open as private individuals. During McLeod’s presidency regulations controlling the amateur status of players came under discussion as a result of the changing social background of women golfers.

Another contentious issue was that of dress. Under McLeod, the A.L.G.U.’s council ruled that it did ‘not approve the wearing of slacks except in wet weather’. An associate-member of the Royal Queensland and Indooroopilly golf clubs, McLeod once said: ‘I enjoy every minute of my time that has to do with golf. My greatest pleasure is to visit golf clubs and play with other associates’. She retired from the Q.L.G.U. in 1963, having seen it ‘grow from a very small body, to one of over 100 affiliated clubs’.

In her mid-seventies, she supported a committed group of women who established at Mount Ommaney, Brisbane, the first golf club in Australia—and one of the few such clubs in the world—to be wholly administered by women. The owners of the land on which the course was to be built stipulated that the word ‘women’s’ was not to appear in its name. To solve this problem, and as a tribute to Gertrude, the title McLeod Country Golf Club was chosen.McLeod was a member of the Victoria League and the Royal Empire Society. Generous, determined and practical, she enjoyed motion-picture photography, motoring and bridge. She died on 21 May 1971 at Loch Earn, her home in Gregory Terrace.

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